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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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salmonberry Rubus spectabilis, a relation of the blackberry and raspberry, has a structure which resembles the latter more than the former, since the fruit, which is red or yellow-orange when ripe, pulls away from its conical receptacle.

The salmonberry is found in N. America, for example in SE Alaska and at suitable altitudes in the Pacific north-west. It is one of the numerous berries eaten by American Indians and used by them in making pemmican. The name salmonberry is said by Charlotte Clarke (1978) to reflect the practice of eating the berries with half-dried salmon roe.